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$750K grant will help support future Biomedical Engineering predoctoral students

  • December 13, 2018
The UAB Department of Biomedical Engineering is first in the state of Alabama to receive the Ruth L. Kirchstein NRSA Institutional Research Training Grant.

Written by: Grant Martin

Media contact: Yvonne Taunton

Zhang ImageBME Chair Jianyi "Jay" Zhang, M.D., Ph.D. ZhangProfessor Jack Rogers, Ph.D. The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Biomedical Engineering was recently awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards Institutional Research Training Grant to support predoctoral students in UAB’s BME and biomedical sciences graduate programs.

The grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering is the first of its kind awarded to an engineering department in the state of Alabama. The five-year, $750,000 grant, titled Development and Functional Assessment of Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering Therapy, is co-directed by BME professor Jack Rogers, Ph.D., and BME chair Jianyi “Jay” Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.

“Cardiovascular tissue engineering has tremendous, but as yet unrealized, potential to treat disease,” Rogers said. “Future scientists and engineers will need expertise in a broad range of subfields, including cardiovascular pathophysiology, cell/scaffold engineering methods, and other diverse technologies to evaluate the electromechanical safety and efficacy of prototype therapies.”

Rogers and Zhang say they will use the T32 grant funding to support up to four predoctoral students per year. The new program builds on research strengths in CVTE-related fields in the BME department and across UAB.

“We are excited and thankful for the new support from NIH, and we look forward to training a cadre of professionals in academia, government and industry who will accelerate the safe clinical adoption of CVTE technology,” Zhang said.